Alumni Association Bestows Top Awards
The GVSU Alumni Association bestowed its two most prestigious awards during the winter commencement ceremony on December 12, 2009.
Multi-Emmy nominated music editor, composer, and guitarist, Troy Hardy, ’95, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hardy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from GVSU in 1995 and is owner of Los Angeles-based Meltro Music. He has completed work as a music editor on over 250 television episodes, including Entourage, CSI, The West Wing, Huff, My Name is Earl and Grey’s Anatomy. Hardy also boasts an impressive list of composition credits, having scored original songs for a multitude of television shows and movie trailers. The accomplished guitarist can be heard playing on the main title theme for TLC’s Little People, Big World, and has played with many established Los Angeles artists and Grammy winning songwriters. He has received four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and earned Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Sound Editing.
Dr. Paul Fishback, professor of mathematics, was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award, as selected by a survey of alumni in their fifth year since graduating. He has authored various articles on wide-ranging mathematical topics, having co-written with former students on numerous occasions. His first textbook, Linear and Nonlinear Programming with Maple: An Interactive, Applications-Based Approach was published in December. Fishback is described as approachable, patient and engaging by his former students. They commend him for the profound and lasting impact that he has made on their lives.
The awardees were celebrated at a recognition ceremony and dinner held in their honor at the GVSU Alumni House and Visitor Center on December 11, 2009.